Parsha Chayei Sarah – Still Yourself and Receive Life’s Blessings

This week’s parsha, Chayei Sarah, begins with the death of Sarah, at age 127. Abraham, her husband, purchases a burial property for her, and later marries another woman, Keturah,  who bears him six more children. He also sends his most senior servant to his birth land to find a wife for his son Isaac, and […]

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Making solo space within — Parsha Tazria

This week’s Torah portion, Tazria, explains that during specific periods in a person’s life, she or he must spend time in physical seclusion, truly alone, in order to return physically and spiritually to a balanced state of being; once a person returns to this place of balance, she is then ready to return to the […]

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Kosher on the inside – Parsha Sh’mini

This week’s Torah portion, Sh’mini, begins on the eighth day of the consecration of the tabernacle (or mishkan) which is the traveling dwelling place for God’s presence. Moses summons Aaron, his sons, and the elders of Israel and instructs them on the varied offerings they will be bringing before God with the hope of God […]

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Having a Conversation with the Universe – Parsha Tzav

The parsha deals with the offerings and sacrifices that G-d has deemed necessary for Aaron and his sons to become holy and prove their worth as priests to the Israelites. Moses receives and delivers the message of G-d, an intermediary.  When Moses was born and cast into the Nile, he was retrieved by Pharaoh’s daughter […]

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Beer, Jews, and Enlightenment: Drinking Meditation

A few people who attended our Kickoff Party (Beer, Jews, and Enlightenment) have asked for a copy of the drinking meditation that we offered, so here it is. If it’s too early for you, you can practice with coffee or tea. Let’s start by taking a few breaths and quieting and slowing ourselves down. Feel […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. This one time upon the earth, let’s not speak any language, let’s stop for one second, and not move our arms so much. It would be a delicious moment, without hurry, without locomotives, all of us would be […]

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